Over the next few weeks, Kindergarten will be working on their counting and cardinality skills. Most students are able to count to at least 30 in sequential order, but may not be able to read the number when seen in isolation. Another tricky skill is being able to 'count on' from any given number, rather than always having to start from number 1. Below I have listed some of the standards we are working on and some games that support that benchmark.
***Please note that all these games are free and accessible via a computer, I am unaware if they are all adaptable for an iPad.
In mathematics Kindergarten have been learning the names and attributes of squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, and hexagons. Students used shapes to build a house for our big community map project. They had to count and tally the number of different shapes they used. Today they made their little community member!
Today we read a story call Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
Before I read I asked the students to really think about the main character's feelings and the author's message. As we read the book, I passed around a large paper heart. Each time Chrysanthemum was teased because of her name, we crumpled up the heart. Every time someone did something nice to her, we tried our best to smooth it out. By the end of the story, the heart was a wrinkled mess that could not be smoothed out perfectly.
Your children made the connection that our own hearts feel wrinkled and crumpled sometimes when we don't like what someone says. Words do hurt. We then tried to put band-aids on the heart as a way to show that we can own our mistakes and apologize. The heart will probably still be wrinkled, but it is healing. We have hung our mended heart among our buckets to remember to use kind words.
If you would like to read more, there has been a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health that reports a recent link in children's social skills in kindergarten and their well-being in early childhood. The CNN cover story also offers advice on how parents can support their child (and teacher) at home. Study: Behavior in Kindergarten linked to success!
Social Studies: For some extra reading, Scholastic offers 8 non-fiction readers on different community helpers. The stories are interactive so children can listen and read, use the visual aides and answer basic recall questions. Click here to visit.
Mathematics: Below are more games using shapes your child can play to master their skills!
N.B. Education.com requests people to register to use, however it will allow you to play 3 or 4 games before they ask you to do this.
Social Studies has been a lot of fun! We have had visitors from doctors, chefs, pharmacists and nutritionists and there are many more to visit! Thanks to all those parents who are enriching our class' education!
In class we also read a book called Me On a Map. In the story we looked at the maps of a girl's room, her house, her town, her state, and her country. We used Google Maps and zoomed into our school, students are learning that our island can be found in North America.
In math we have been learning about 2D flat shapes (circle, hexagon, square, rectangle and triangle. We have been counting their sides and their vertices (the proper term for 'corner' or 'point'). Students have been sorting shapes, reading about shapes, making shape pictures out of pattern blocks, designing shape houses and making tasty shapes with gummy/raisins and toothpicks!
Click on the symbol to see how you can support your child at home and play "Shape Detective"
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